Safeguarding Children And Young People - Advice, Support, How to report
Basildon Borough Council believes that all children in the Borough have the right to be safe from harm and deserve the opportunity to fulfil their full potential.
Basildon Council recognises the role and responsibilities it has in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including the contribution it must make to working together with other agencies to ensure the well-being of the children in the Basildon Borough.
Basildon Council works in line with the Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Child Protection Procedures. These procedures can be found on the Essex Safeguarding Children's Board (ESCB) website.
Whilst Basildon Council does not have a statutory responsibility for child protection (this lies with Essex County Council) it is obliged to perform certain functions that will help safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the area.
Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 sets out duties for the responsible local authority (Essex County Council) around making enquiries in certain circumstances to decide whether it should take any action to safeguard or promote the welfare of a child. Basildon Council has a duty to assist the responsible local authority in making these enquiries.
Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 states that each local authority must make arrangements to promote co-operation between the authority and its partners and any other relevant persons or bodies working with children in the area. Section 11 of this Act requires a range of organisations (including borough councils) to ensure that their functions, and services provided on their behalf, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Section 13 of the Act requires a range of organisations, including Basildon Council, to participate in Local Safeguarding Boards.
Basildon Council has a Designated Safeguarding Officer that leads on this important area of work and its own Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Young People Policy. This policy commits all Basildon Council staff, Councillors and volunteers, regardless of their role, to report and refer any concerns they may develop regarding the safety of any child or young person.
The Council has appropriate internal procedures to deal with safeguarding concerns and works hard to ensure that its workforce is suitably trained in safeguarding matters. Furthermore, the Council operates safe recruitment procedures to ensure that only the most suitable people are employed to work with children. An e-learning safeguarding awareness training module is completed by every member of staff and the Council will continue to ensure that staff has opportunities for learning which will enable them to deal swiftly and efficiently with safeguarding concerns.
Report a concern
If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child or young person:
- Call the police using the 999 emergency number.
If you are a child or young person and would like to talk to someone in confidence:
- Call Childline on 0800 1111.
If you would like help and/or advice or wish to speak to someone anonymously about concerns for a particular child:
- Call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.
If you would like to report or discuss your concern about a vulnerable child or young person:
- Call Essex County Council - Children's Social Care on 0345 603 7627 (Out of office hours - 0345 606 1212)
- Call Basildon Council's Designated Safeguarding Officer on 01268 533333, (Anonymous reporting - Please note that Basildon Council is unable to process any concerns about the welfare of a child which has been made anonymously).
Help and support
For more information and advice about safeguarding vulnerable children and young people see: